Hard rock guitarist Paul Gilbert is considered amongst the world greatest players having been ranked highly in both Guitar World’s 50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time and GuitarOne magazine’s Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders Of All Time. His career has seen him enjoy success with the bands Racer X and Mr. Big and through his work as a solo artist.
Gilbert began playing guitar in bands whilst a teen growing up in the small suburb of Pittsburgh in Greensburg of Pennsylvania. By the age of 15 he had already been featured by Guitar Player magazine with his gigging band Tau Zero. The audacious guitarist contacted Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records directly to petition him to play with metal legend Ozzy Osbourne. Varney was initially sceptical as to why Ozzy would ever be interested in a collaboration with a 15-year-old but was blown away by the young player’s talent and kept tabs on Gilbert whilst he grew up and attended Guitar Institute Of Technology.
After leaving education Gilbert formed Racer X in 1985. The heavy metal band released two album titled Street Lethal and Second Heat before breaking up. Gilbert would later return to reform the band in the late Nineties and record a further three albums; Technical Difficulties, Superheroes and Getting Heavier.
Following the initial hiatus of Racer X he began the project Mr. Big with Billy Sheehan. The band have produced massive hits like Just Take My Heart and To Be With You which hit #1 in the Singles Chart in 15 countries.
He has also enjoyed success in his solo career releasing fourteen studio albums and collaborating with the likes of Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse and Bruce Bouillet.
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His extensive Autumn tour takes him to The Assembly at Leamington Spa and Tramshed in Cardiff during October. Then in November he carries on to Sub 89 at Reading, The Marble Factory in Bristol, Southampton’s Engine Rooms and finally Concorde 2 in Brighton.
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